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Published: Thursday, June 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Welcome to the 21st century. Survival of America demands we move toward government by the people and not toward government by business.

Possible steps toward this goal might include:

Stop all business, religion or any other group from financially interfering with the election and representation of government.

Stop commercial campaigns to enhance the popularity of candidates.

Require candidates to submit for publication to all citizens a resume detailing their history, philosophy and other pertinent data. Open to verification.

Create and require a educational course of study detailing the expectations and rewards of government administration. Though not required for candidacy, this training would be of great importance.

Consider and allow a lifetime career in government administration with suitable rewards and retirement to reduce the need for individual wealth creation. Object being to obtain the best representation at the least cost.

Esquire
Springville, UT

What? And not let insiders decide who should represent the people? Are you suggesting we limit the role of influence peddling?

one old man
Ogden, UT

But that would be (shudder) Democratic! You forget, this is a COMPOUND REPUBLIC! (Whatever that is . . . . )

Vaughn J
Kearns, UT

The concept and the premise sounds great, but in the whole I as a first time delegate this year, know that it is flawed. The majority of the voters only get their information from the 30 second sound bites, and the majority of that from the richest candidates. In the party system the convention system works extremely well because most of the delegates tend to meet with the various candidates and spend 1-2 hours listening, questioning and comparing the candidates positions. In my case I did this with the Republican candidates for state office, Senate, AG, and 4th Congressional district. The convention Utah republican system requires 60% of the delegates to select an individual to represent the party or it then goes to the republican electorate to make the final decision, as with the senate and AG race. Not a simple vote where a candidate may only get 35% of the vote, like the first election of Senator Moss. The convention system picked the two best, likely candidates and presented them to the electorate. This was done by 4000 individuals that took the responsibility, time and effort to represent their precincts.

Vaughn J
Kearns, UT

The same issue exists for the US Presidency. Senator Hatch commented on this issue. If the electoral college, which has non-elected representatives, were abolished in favor of the direct election then small states such as Utah would have less influence on the general election than a large state such as California. The small states would be effectively eliminated from all consideration, even more so that now when the predominate focus of the candidates are on the swing states.

The caucus system allows a few individuals, who feel they can or are willing to devote the time and their energy to investigating the candidates for office to reduce the number to a manageable level.

There is one potential risk that I admit. The system can be hijacked by a devoted, enthusiastic, group of individuals that have a common objective, such as the Tea Party in 2010, if the general electorate do not participate in the caucus system. The system needs the general electorate to take part and to select representatives who will represent the majority of the electorate, and who will seriously look at all candidates and make the best selection from the available information received.

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